Nazareth: Hair of the Dog Meaning
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Hair of the Dog Lyrics
I've been told about you.
Steamroller, midnight stroller.
What they've been saying must be true.
Red hot mama,
Time's come to pay your dues
Now you're messing with a
anonymous May 6th, 5:46am report
Hair of the dog is a play on words. A male heir (hair) of the dog would be a son of a bitch.
The lyrics themselves aren't hard to understand- they're typical tough guy heavy metal lyrics, about a guy telling a girl, "You're used to manipulating men, and having them wrapped around your little finger... but I'm a tough S.O.B., and you can't play any of your usual games with me."
What many people don't understand is the title. Why would a song in which the singer keeps repeating, "Son of a bitch" be titled "Hair of the dog?"
Because the record company told Nazareth that, while they were allowed to SAY "Son of a bitch" in the song, they were NOT allowed to use that as the song title, much less the album title.
SO, the guys in the bands came up with a clever idea. A bitch is a female dog, right? And a man's son is his heir, right? So, "Heir of the Dog" is a clean, safe way of saying "Son of a bitch!"
That sounded just like "hair of the dog," which is an popular old expression for drinking more whiskey as a cure for hangovers. That's where the odd title came from.
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